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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Signs of Spring Early March 08

Like old friends, the faithful return...


Camellias, showing just a bit of winter wear...


Viburnum Pink Dawn...very reliable and fragrant...


One of the backyard Daphnes (there's now a second...here's hoping it...the second one...is also up to blooming)...so fragrant that when I open the back gate, the scent greets me...very pleasant...


Out front, another Daphne plus whitish-pink Roman Hyacinths...very fragrant as well


Just beyond those two are some of the Hellebores (without last year's foliage cut...yet..) starting to shine. Hellebores will be in bloom for a long time.


Yesterday, March 5th, brought my first Daffodil blooms for 2008. These were mislabeled but I am pretty sure there are the tiny Topolino.


Making their first appearance for this year (very reliable) yesterday were some of the Iris Reticulata...


Not to be outdone, this group of Iris Reticulata actually began on March 4th. Please note...they are not the blue shown here but actually a deep purple (cameras!)....also, they are not quite as reliable as the previous ones. I should have many patches of these lining my driveway...but, I don't...some here, some there....and most annoying...they open at very different times! Minds of their own (and sun, I suppose)!


This is actually a named Snowdrop...Straffan...that I received from Temple Nursery last year.
I am just beginning to think about collecting Snowdrops and so will have a few more named varieties arriving this year...in the green!


And what would this time of year be without crocus? Every year, I think that I need more crocus (note to self...again...always plant in large quantities for effect)....they seem to drift around here (helped by squirrels, probably) turning up where I didn't plant them....or, often, not turning up at all (see squirrels)...still, they (dratted squirrels) do allow me some...



......just not nearly in the quantities I would like (or that I actually plant!)....

Most of these blooms can be found from previous years on my blog....it's great to mark the changing of seasons (even if the calendar hasn't) with such loyal flowers....I know...it's March...always tricky...we could get some snow and storms...yet...but such is life....we'll just enjoy these while they're out.

7 comments:

Yolanda Elizabet said...

It's great to see that spring has arrived in your garden too. Love all the fragrant plants and the crocuses too. It's fun to see that we have many flowering plants/bulbs in common at the mo, although my snowdrops are gone now.

Marie said...

I love your post today!

joey said...

Camellias, pink Viburnum, Daphnes, Hyacinths, Hellebores, Daffodils, Reticulata, Snowdrop and dear Crocus ... you luck girl! My snow covered 'white' eyes are 'green' with envy ;)

Andrea's Garden said...

Hello, at the moment our gardens seem to be at the same stage. I had a blast today in the warm weather getting my fingernails dirty. My cat Stella enjoyed it as well and observed me while working. Andrea

Kerri said...

You have some beauties! Lucky girl! They're a sight for sore eyes :)

Annie in Austin said...

Your early spring bulbs and shrubs are lovely, Katie - iris reticulata used to be a favorite in Illinois, as well as crocus and snowdrops. Although crocus and snowdrops don't grow here I can have camellias and anemones instead - a sort of swap.

But you don't seem to have to swap one flower for another - apparently you live in a gardener's paradise where it's the right zone for everything!

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

I loved your trip to the Portland garden...now may I return the favor and take you to Bayou Bend Garden in Houston?

It is in all it's glory right now, and I'd love to share it with you.
See my blog from March 13: Visiting Miss Hogg's garden.

I thought of you as I visited.

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